The Russian Designer Who Could Take My Job. Again.

I just found out that in Russia, an AI system has been masquerading as a designer for over a year. And, it’s really, REALLY good at its job.

Here’s the link: https://singularityhub.com/2020/07/24/this-russian-firms-star-designer-is-an-ai-but-no-one-knew-that-for-a-year/

This is a weird thing for me. I’ve always prided myself on my ‘artistic’ sense and creativity – and suddenly, here’s a machine that can do what I do – but better.

WAY BETTER.

Of course, with this information, I will need to re-evaluate a few things in my life. Sure, many things can go for a toss as well. But, because I’m aware, I can look at how to leverage this new information to my benefit.

But, can you imagine what would have happened if I didn’t even know such a thing existed? Or, if I didn’t take this new information into account?

Simple. I’d be making Biggest Career Mistakes To Avoid #4: Avoiding or Ignoring Technology.

Read on.

Situation

You’re really good at what you do

  • You’ve spent a lot of time and effort in getting good at doing what you do
    • A lot of emotional investment has gone into your long journey of mastery
  • You really know the ins and outs of how to do your job
    • Even new fangled technology can’t hold you back
    • You and your method are better than new people with new methods

Suddenly, there’s a massive change in the market – and the rug is pulled out from under you

  • It could be…
    • A machine
    • Some software
    • A new approach
    • A discovery
    • A change in the market
    • New technology
  • And now…
    • You don’t know it
    • But, companies want it
    • You didn’t see it coming
      • You’re in trouble
        • You could be obsolete
      • You’ll need to scramble

Cause

Several factors at play

  • Believing that the company is your friend
    • Your value comes from the results you deliver
      • If someone delivers better results, they’re more valuable
  • Believing that nothing bad will happen to you
    • That’s just foolish
  • Believing that you’re better than whatever comes along
    • You’re not
    • Being better is not important
      • Nobody cares about your art/words/code/tools
      • They care about what they get as a result (the value!)
    • Being able to deliver value is
  • Most important: Not keeping an eye on the competition
    • Competition is not within the company alone
      • Other companies
      • Other domains
      • Other industries
      • Other technologies
        • This is usually the one that sneaks up on people
        • Ignoring technology has destroyed many careers
      • Other countries

Unwillingness to change

  • It’s one thing to notice that there is technology & competition
  • It’s another to use it to your advantage
    • Avoiding it is worse than ignoring technology
    • Usually, a deeper reason
      • Fear
      • Confusion
      • Overwhelm
      • Complexity
      • Pride
      • Politics

Answer

Actively integrate new technology into your ecosystem

  • Experiment with it in your side hustle
  • Keep track of upcoming technologies and ideas
    • Harvard Business Review
    • Futurism
    • Singularity Hub
    • Gartner’s Hype Cycle
    • Industry conferences & mailing lists
  • Look at ways to integrate it into your workflow
    • Champion it in your workplace, if you can
    • Join projects, attend meetings & contribute

Result

You’re not the car, you’re the highway

  • You can lead the change instead of getting affected
    • You can shape the future to your needs
  • You can be the one who benefits the most by technology
    • You won’t get swept away
    • You can position yourself as a champion of tech

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  • Some examples
    • Analytics & Machine Learning
    • Telepresence
    • Artificial Intelligence
    • Augmented Intelligence
    • CRISPR technologies
    • 3D Printing
  • Reflect upon how it will affect your career

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